Wednesday July 15th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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  1. citizen817 says:

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  2. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Adherences Can Be Deceiving

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    Religious deceivers have always been common, even back in Bible days. That’s what prompted the Apostle Paul to warn Titus,

    “…there are many…vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped…” (Titus 1:10,11).

    Since these “vain talkers” were “specially of the circumcision,” they were probably deceiving people with the Law of Moses, something Paul elsewhere called “vain jangling” (I Tim. 1:6,7). Our Apostle Paul says that “we are not under the law, but under grace” (Rom. 6:15), so the Law shouldn’t be taught as something that is binding on God’s people in the present dispensation of grace. That’s why Paul calls men who adhere to the law “deceivers,” for they are misleading God’s people about the truth for the present dispensation.

    But before you decide to look down your nose on those Jews for that, did you notice that Paul says that those vain talkers were “specially” of the circumcision? That means they weren’t all of the circumcision. There were Gentiles who were deceiving people with the Law as well as Jews.

    If you’re wondering why Gentiles would teach a law that God gave the Jews for a past dispensation, it is because Satan always makes sure that undispensational things are popular. And things that are popular are also usually very lucrative. So it is no surprise that Paul went on to say that these deceivers were “teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake” (Tit. 1:11). Even today, if you’re a deceitful Gentile preacher who wants to gain a large following and build a big church that can afford to pay you a handsome salary, teaching the Law of Moses is definitely the way to go!

    Now if you’re thinking that teaching the law in the dispensation of grace isn’t a serious thing, you’re not thinking like Paul! Speaking of those “deceivers,” Paul wrote, “whose mouths must be stopped!” The Law of Moses may be in the Bible, but it is not in Paul’s epistles, the part of the Bible written to people living today in the dispensation of grace. It has well been said that Satan doesn’t care if you are Biblical in your teaching, as long as you aren’t dispensationally Biblical.

    That’s why we here at Berean Bible Society are doing our best to stop the mouths of any and all religious deceivers by standing firmly for the proclamation of “the gospel of the grace of God” committed to Paul (Acts 20:24). If you’d like to join us in our stand, why not consider forwarding some of our Two Minutes devotionals to your friends after reading them? It only takes the touch of a few keyboard keys, and you’ll be eternally glad you did!

    Titus 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
    11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.

    1 Timothy 1:6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
    7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

    Romans 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

    Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

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    • TMonroe says:

      “The Law of Moses may be in the Bible, but it is not in Paul’s epistles, the part of the Bible written to people living today in the dispensation of grace. It has well been said that Satan doesn’t care if you are Biblical in your teaching, as long as you aren’t dispensationally Biblical.”

      Recently, the contribution from one writer from this group pointed to what’s written for today as being after the book of Acts and narrowed to the “prison epistles”, which lops off quite a bit of “Paul’s epistles, the part of the Bible written to people living today”.

      Yet another writer for the same group has claimed that not just the prison letters but all of “Paul’s letters are the commandments of the Lord which are valid for today under grace” — even though Paul himself distinguishes what are his personal thoughts and convictions rather that “the commandments of the Lord” (cf. 1 Cor. 7:10-12), which appears to work against the stated premise:

      This evidently amounts to three divergent takes as what writers from this group have chosen to cordon off “dispensationally” for readers as valid for people today, which is telling. Thankfully, Paul for his part provided invaluable and inspired guidance in his writings for us. In what is believed to be his final epistle, Paul reminded Timothy of the value of abiding in things such as “the sacred writings” known by Timothy from childhood (cf. 2 Timothy 3:14-15). Near the end of his ministry, Paul affirms their “being able to make you wise unto salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”.

      It is notable that Paul then spoke of doctrine — variously translated as teaching or instruction (Gr. didaskalian, cf. Romans 15:4, Titus 2:10). Rather than the focus being turned to things Pauline alone for doctrine etc. per the posting’s assertions above, Paul again pointed not to himself alone, but beyond his own words to further writings where salvation as well as instruction / doctrine and more can be found:

      “Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for instruction (Gr. didaskalian), for conviction, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, having been fully equipped toward every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

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      • dilonsfo says:

        “Love God with all your heart and soul. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Jesus. All other stuff is great reading but the all the rules covered in those words of Jesus. Fighting over Moses v. Paul is why the various denominations and sects are always condemning each other and making rules that don’t mean squat.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “lops off quite a bit of “Paul’s epistles,”

        The late J.C. O’Hair did not imply that in his closing paragraph that you cited. I am sorry that you mis-interpreted it that way. I would not post anything from a writer that purports that somehow only the epistles written after the book of Acts are valid for us today.

        The title of these is “Two Minutes with the Bible”, not a two hour exposition to intricately cover every little nuance and detail like a commentary. It is written for space-limited newspapers, which is why I add the verses cited at the end.


  3. Lucille says:

    The Garden Room Retreat

    There has been a lot of talk about garden rooms over the past number of years. Simply put, it is a space that defines special areas of the landscape for specific uses. One of the most important elements in a garden room is creating a sense of enclosure.

    Have a blessed day!

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  4. Roni says:

    “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” 1 Cor 16:13

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    Once upon a time there was this Thursday night gearhead gathering across the street from a popular burger joint. It was a neat event because nobody actually organized it. It just sort of happened—like it just magically appeared or somethng. There was a protocol that everybody observed: the center of the parking lot was only cool cars. They could be low-riders, street-rods, even the occasional outlaw Porsche or Ferrari. The rest of us respected the rule and parked on the outer circle of the big parking lot. One night this 3 window coupe slowly drove into the center space. It was painted the deepest, blackest, hand-rubbed lacquer with matching black leather interior. The wheels were mirror polished magnesium Halibrands—real knock-offs from an Indy roadster. The engine, from supercharger to headers was entirely chromed and as brilliant as the paint was dark. The whole car was a rolling celebration, the kind that all us little kids in grown-up bodies dreamed about. And suddenly, there is was. And of course ZZ Top was playing.

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    • OW21 says:

      Garrison, did you see that really fun documentary on Netflix about ZZ? It was so interesting – made me like them even more!


      • Garrison Hall says:

        I’ll have to watch it. Agree they’re amazing. Even better they’ve never tried to “grow” beyond their roots. They understand clearly that you can do everything they do and still be Texas. That’s something Natalie Mains (Dixie Chicks) forgot.

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    • JTR says:

      I’ve seen them 3 times, the first being when I was 13! They always make me remember my best friend who passed away recently. He took me to see them once, it was a wild concert!


  6. Troublemaker10 says:

    Eric Metaxas had a really good interview with Tucker Carlson. The video is linked in the article.


    Metaxas: Attacks on Churches Motivated by Hatred of Authority and Ultimately of God


    “I think a lot of the nastiness that is being directed at these statues, it really has to do with something deeper,” Metaxas told Carlson. “I hate to say it, but there’s something very dark. You saw this in the French Revolution. There was a hatred at the bottom of it of God, of any kind of authority.

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    • I recently discovered Eric Metaxes and watch bits of his youtube radio interviews every day now. The one with the link below has a take on what all this Wokeness is really about – namely it is a Post-Christian way of using the White Race as the savior, compared to Christ for Christianity. The advocates for this “faith” know they have original sin because yes, we all feel it, but instead of turning to Jesus, they have turned to Wokeness. It is very interesting and the guest’s articles are on which I also read.


  7. Lucille says:

    From Explore Live Nature Cams…Wolf enjoys catching salmon at Brooks Falls, Alaska…he has to compete with the Brown bears, though….

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  8. Troublemaker10 says:

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  9. Sepp says:

    . . . but deliver us from the Evil One.

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  10. Lucille says:

    Ancient Chinese Historian Describes The Roman Empire // 3rd century AD “Weilüe” // Primary Source
    Voices of the Past – Published on Oct 13, 2019

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  11. JVJ1975 says:

    AOC could have attended SUNY-Albany or SUNY-Binghamton.

    For less than half of what it cost to enroll at BU.

    These schools are comparable.

    What kind of person does this. and borrows over $100,000 in order to do it


  12. Dora says:

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  14. Dora says:

    A little morning music.

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  15. Dora says:

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  16. chuck lowe says:

    2020 sure as hell is not 1995. Things have changed.

    The Overton Window relating to acceptable behavior from politicians, the 4th Estate and the Deep State moved in the dead of night over the last 25 years. Now, in charge of the aforementioned entities, are graduates from schools who produced anti-American Manchurian Candidates whose appearance on the national stage has (Although, it shouldn’t) shocked the adults in the room.

    5 years ago, I had no idea, NONE just how corrupt the city of Washington D.C. was and how necrotic and seditious our own Federal Government was and is. The moniker “Deep State” as we now know it, would have been laughed at as conspiratorial and impossible to exist in a Democracy that supposedly values justice, truth and the impartial application of statutes under the Constitution.

    Politicians on the left, have gone from the pretense of the Constitution being a “Living Document” that can be interpreted at the whim and caprice of an activist judiciary to outright Fascists who support ongoing, violent, “Beer Hall Putsches” in the streets every night focused on destroying the Rule Of Law. This has been a sea change of breathtaking speed and we deserve to be punished for allowing our children’s indoctrination and proselytization by rabid, Alynskyites posing as “Professors” when indeed, they were nothing more than schoolyard commissars put in place to poison minds and hearts.

    This is a tectonic shift in our country, an earthquake that has twisted our national conversation into a brobdingnagian “domestic disturbance” call for help. Emotion, hubris and stupidity drive the violence from the left and the army of fools supporting the violence lacks the erudition and common sense to see how their pernicious and petulant actions will bring blood and lots of it. They are unable and unwilling to reason, see context and nuance and believe, based on their years of ‘education’ that they inhabit the “High Ground”. The unjustified arrogant self regard is nauseating.

    Hear the thunder?

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    • Bytheway says:

      CL- I don’t have an account to like your comment; However, I do know of a very cogent youtube video that supports your points with clear uncomfortable truths.
      Don’t know how to post links- Search youtube for “It’s just a mask” to find it- starts with a guy in a clown mask


  17. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day for Wednesday, July 15, 2020

    “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”
    Psalms 62:5 (KJV)

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  18. just stevie says:


    “I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the barbarians.” Romans i. 14

    Paul was overwhelmed with the sense of his indebtedness to Jesus Christ, and he spent himself to express it. The great inspiration in Paul’s life was his view of Jesus Christ as his spiritual creditor. Do I feel that sense of indebtedness to Christ in regard to every unsaved soul? The spiritual honour of my life as a saint is to fulfil my debt to Christ in relation to them. Every bit of my life that is of value I owe to the Redemption of Jesus Christ; am I doing anything to enable Him to bring His Redemption into actual manifestation in other lives? I can only do it as the Spirit of God works in me this sense of indebtedness.

    I am not to be a superior person amongst men, but a bondslave of the Lord Jesus. “Ye are not your own.” Paul sold himself to Jesus Christ. He says – I am a debtor to everyone on the face of the earth because of the Gospel of Jesus; I am free to be an absolute slave only. That is the characteristic of the life when once this point of spiritual honour is realized. Quit praying about yourself and be spent for others as the bondslave of Jesus. That is the meaning of being made broken bread and poured out wine in reality.

    Oswald Chambers
    July 15th Devotional


  19. Sepp says:

    To Ponder

    Let me ponder on the burning bush on Horeb (Exodus 3):

    1. How the bush burned but was not consumed.
    2. How the most pure Virgin, carrying the Lord within herself, bore the divine fire but was not burned by it.
    3. How the fire of divine grace rejuvenates, heals and illumines my sinful soul.

    From “The Prologue from Ohrid” by Saint Nikolai (Serbian-born Bishop who reposed in the USA and was a former prisoner at Dachau).

    Today is July 2nd on the traditional Calendar of the Orthodox Christian Church and July 15th on the civil or commercial calendar.

    Wednesday – fast day, wine and olive oil permitted

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    • mandy says:

      Isaiah 6: 5 – 7

      5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.

      6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

      7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

      Isaiah’s vision of the Eucharist…one of my favorite OT references to the divine fire …



  20. DAVID CRAIN says:

    Below find comments from a police blogger (Second City Cop) in Chicago, who is also posted on

    Little Help Mr. Trump?
    The President excoriated Groot and Chicago recently. A couple times actually. Not that we would expect him to read the blog, but perhaps someone can direct some of his people to this article?
    Across the nation, police perceive a growing threat to their safety in the wake of false and unrelenting media claims that the police are out of control and racist. What hangs over many police departments is the murder of five police officers that occurred in Dallas in 2016 shortly after the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Naturally, a media frenzy and protests developed after Sterling’s death.

    But nowhere is the threat against the police intensifying more rapidly than in Chicago. The reason is that Chicago is controlled by a radical progressive prosecutor in league with the city’s anti-police movement and hellbent on waging a war on police officers. It’s a war that will only result in an increase of violent crime and lead to an increase in attacks on police officers.

    […] But Foxx’s latest transparent attempt to bypass any hint of due process for police officers is a chilling sign that Chicago is quickly and dangerously moving toward chaos. In the wake of this move by Foxx, along with all the other evidence that she has allowed her office to be controlled by Chicago’s anti-police movement, one question continues to emerge: Where is the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John Lausch?
    A massive wave of federal prosecutions would highlight Crimesha’s incompetence better than a million TV ads.

    Another wave of federal investigations and prosecutions of corrupt public officials would give voters some hope that the system might be fixable.

    Go read the entire article.
    Labels: corruption, county


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  21. Rah says:

    As soon as my 10 he break was over I was on the road again. Up to Dunkirk, IN to pickup 42,400 lb of new jars bound for Smuckers in New Bethlehem, PA.

    Delivered at 01’45 this morning. Ran to a rest area off U-70. The one on the east bound side was full so I did a flip at the next exit and found a spot in the rest area on the west bound side.

    At 09:30 some guy was banging on my truck door. Driver had locked his keys in his truck. Tried to help him but it was a no go. I had recently taken the special pry bar I have used to Jimmy doors out of my truck. Couldn’t go back to sleep.

    Pickup a load of coated paper later in the Akron area to take back to the yard. It will be delivered to the consignee tomorrow by another driver.

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  22. Marcus Aurelius says:

    Our esteemed Gov:

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    • pacnwbel says:

      The above governor, among scads of other missteps, has the nerve to ask for funding from the federal government to reimburse the National Guard who he called out to work at all the institutions that he, Mr.Jaybird E. Inslee,shut down, Someone please tell him NO.


  23. decisiontime16 says:

    . “God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and he has not been disappointed.… If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”

    -Justice Antonin Scalia

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  24. Trygve says:

    “In violent times, you shouldn’t have to sell your soul”

    Shout. Clear eyes, full hearts. #operationcricklewood #stand

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  25. stella says:

    Different point of view. In my opinion, these are good things.

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    • mandy says:

      WOW do they not realize that by claiming these things are WHITE, they’re in essence saying that black culture is DEVOID of … “hard work, objectivity, the nuclear family, progress, respect for authority, delayed gratification, more.”

      Oh my.

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    • GB Bari says:

      However I have watched videos over the past several weeks wherein both prominent and not-so-prominent blacks have expressed views that totally reject that document out of hand. I think many blacks have awakened and are still awakening to the plantation control mindset of the Democrats / Left. And they reject it.


  26. mark1mod0 says:

    First try posting image:

    CTH Whiteboard

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  27. Sepp says:

    Saint Juvenaly of Alaska, the Protomartyr

    He endured martyrdom in 1796 while he was a missionary among the native peoples of Alaska. He is commemorated today – July 2nd Orthodox Church Calendar / July 15th civil calendar.


  28. andeclain says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You. Also, we pray for Angels to protect and support our Sundance as he works for justice and peace.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  29. andeclain says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Gen. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  30. Lucille says:

    Gavin Newsom Didn’t Just Close Churches, He Also Banned In-Home Fellowship Meetings
    Posted on July 15, 2020 by Mat Staver | 3:06PM SACRAMENTO, CA

    First, Newsom tried to limit all churches, regardless of their size, to just 10 people total in the building. Then he banned singing and chanting. And on Tuesday, Gov. Newsom issued a new edict via the State’s Public Health Officer dictating that about 80 percent of California’s faithful may not gather for any worship, no matter how small the gathering.

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  31. Tornarosa says:

    There are a lot of pics now of the comet Neowise, visible around dusk and dawn in Northern hemisphere
    This one is worth a look, h/t Lukas Vesely, Czech Republic, taken yesterday

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  32. gigi says:

    Sorry in advance for no direct links or cutting and pasting. Aversion to doing so, and in my mind it’s a precaution against unintentionally transmitting a virus of fake site or something. Any-hoo:

    Wuhan ChiCom Biowarfare * & Flip-flop Fauci’s Follies Update:
    –“Rand Paul vs. Fauci” Newsmax tv youtube july 14. Funny cartoon at 6:46 mark of video. LOL.

    –“Scott Atlas (MD) …battles Sandra Smith** on why schools must reopen.” Rush Limbaugh 7/15/2020. IMO, Scott is a brilliant, desperately needed voice of reason. You can see that he’s getting frustrated–and rightly so, with this dim bulb, just mindlessly regurgitating [what her bosses at Fox] have told her to say. And what “Fauxi”(*1) is probably telling her bosses to say!

    * aka “Covid”–honestly, some people say that word like it’s sacred or something. Hurl!
    **more reasons Fox sucks, even though Tucker did knock it out of the park when the biowarfare virus was its hottest a few months back.
    *1 got “Fauxi” from a brilliant CTH’s post a while back.


  33. BARBARA Ryan says:

    MUST SEE VIDEO – not all Blacks are following the “Herd Mentality” THANK GOD!!


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